As an employer, you have a duty of care to look after your employees' wellbeing. Your organisation's success depends on it.
Because when employees are happier and healthier, there’s a positive impact. They work harder, get better results, and there's a much more pleasant atmosphere in the workplace.
Physical wellbeing is crucial to satisfaction at home, work, and beyond. It's important for health and also for mental wellbeing, long-term thriving and being productive and successful at all times in modern organisations.
With the pace of change in society and at work, physical wellbeing is more important than ever in helping us stay resilient and able to meet the challenges of the day head-on.
What is physical wellbeing?
Physical wellbeing is not just physical health, such as being free from disease, it’s more than that. It includes lifestyle behaviour choices to ensure health, avoid preventable diseases and conditions, and to live in a balanced state of body and mind.
With office life being more sedentary than ever, there is a real risk of employees' physical health and wellbeing to suffer. This coupled with being inside in urban environments, your workers are incredibly at risk of health issues.
If you promote activities which are good for physical wellbeing, you can help keep your workers healthy. Drive engagement and reduce absences. We can help with that.
Effects of the physical environment on health and wellbeing
A person’s environment is a tremendous impact on their health and wellbeing. Ensuring the working environment is in an ideal state for an employee to feel less stressed and more inspired to act is essential.
Not only does the working environment need to be addressed, but the time spent in nature, focussing on surroundings improves an employee's wellbeing. Being in the sun, getting vitamin D and feeling a connection to nature can make an enormous difference.
Knowing how to encourage your employees to look after their physical wellbeing by embracing the environment is essential to a productive workforce.
How does physical activity improve health and wellbeing?
Physical activity and mental wellbeing go hand in hand. Physical activity can improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and help prevent mental health problems.
While studies have shown higher intensity exercise to be the most helpful, recent research has suggested that even low-intensity activity, performed regularly, can be beneficial for your mental health.
This means that encouraging employees to get up from their desks to go for a walk can help to raise their mood and protect against mental ill-health. We can help you implement staff activities or events which fit in with their workload.
Support physical wellbeing with Health Assured
Paying attention to physical wellbeing in the workplace is a great way to improve productivity. We can help support your business in all your wellbeing endeavours.
Our EAP is the perfect tool to allow your employees to look after their mental wellbeing and you will gain access to countless resources to help improve physical wellbeing in the workplace.